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Sunday, December 3, 2023

In My Kitchen -December

December we will be looking into my  kitchen in my Florida condo. I'm joining Sherry's IN MY KITCHEN where anyone can share!

I've bought a box of dripless Hanukkah candles for the upcoming holiday. 

I am not much of a decorator for holidays, but I do have a few items for celebrating Chanukah/Hanukkah that I use from year to year.  

When my kids were young, we did more decorating and celebrating. Now, not so much decorating but I still bring out some of the things I've collected since in Florida for the past 11 years. 

We usually invite guests at least once or twice during the week for a holiday meal of soup, salad, and potato latkes. Then we light the candles together (and say the prayers and sing songs) for each of the eight nights of the holiday.

This is a small glass trivet that I display and use as a hotplate for serving during the holiday 

Chanukah glass tray,

This is a serving plate that I use to serve potato latkes (pancakes) during the holiday! 

Hanukkah platter with beautiful decorations

These colorful toy driedels are used to play the "dreidel game" on Chanukah. I've had them for years and they look festive displayed for the holiday. 

One of my Chanukah dish towels. As you can see, the theme for Hanukkah is spreading the light, love, and believing in miracles!

I buy Hannukah cookies (I have not baked my own in years)

Free Cookies for Hanukkah Stock Photo

It is traditional to eat fried foods on Hanukkah! It commemorates the miracle of the little bit of oil lasted 8 days in the Temple in Jerusalem  in the 2nd century B.C.! The oil was used in those days as candles for light. That is why we light candles to to bring in the light for each night of the holiday! 

 Jews of Eastern Europe background traditionally eat fried potato latkes (pancakes); Jews from Middle Eastern cultures traditionally eat fried jelly donuts. 

Now, that I'm older, I don't do well with fried foods of any kind. I've learned to make oil-free potato latkes in the air fryer which taste quite good. Recipe link for oil-free latkes  ( I won't tell they are not oil fried if you don't)

a donut sitting on top of a white plate

Let your inner light shine bright this holiday season and let there be peace and joy in the world!!

My notes: 
1. Hanukkah/Chanukah  is spelled many ways. It is actually a Hebrew word that is translated into English. 
2. Although Hanukkah falls on Dec. 7 this year, it will begin on a different day next year. That is because Jewish holidays follow a Jewish Biblical calendar which started over 5, 000 years ago. It is a lunisolar calendar as opposed to our Gregorian Calendar that based on 365 days and is a solar calendar. The Jewish holiday dates will fluctuate from year to year on the Gregorian calendar that we use but remain content on the Jewish calendar.

3. Chanukah songs from Youtube: 

Oh Hanukkah oh Hanukkah  !!

Traditional Dreidel Song

Rock of Ages

An animated short Story of Hanukkah explains the background of the holiday for young or older kids (and adults who don't know the story)

Story of Hanukah read and explained by a wonderful story teller for younger kids (and adults who don't know the story). I enjoyed it!

My favorite modern Hanukkah song is by Peter, Paul, and Mary
" Light One Candle"- You gotta hear it- so so beautiful


  1. Don't forget Ocho Kandelikas (Eight Little Candles) the Ladino Hanukkah song by Jewish-American composer Flory Jagoda. It sounds old and traditional but she wrote it in 1983.
    Have a great holiday!
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  2. May the light shine everywhere this year! I've tried baking doughnuts but they just aren't the same as fried. Hope your latkes turn out well.
    from Tandy I Lavender and Lime https://tandysinclair.com

  3. happy hanukkah to you and yours. I do love me a latke!

  4. That plate is really pretty and I love those cookies...so beautiful.

  5. Happy Hanukkah!! I've tried to bake donuts and they are good but not the same.

  6. Don’t let the light go out is especially poignant for this year. Blessings to you and yours this Hanukkah! And always!

  7. Hello! Your plates are beautiful! Happy Hanukkah, my friend.

  8. I love fried jelly rolls. I never knew they are a traditional food of Hanukkah! Learn something new every day. I suppose I'm a bit too late to say Happy Hanukkah but I'll do it anyway.

  9. I miss having potato latkes at work - I've been retired for quite a while. My Jewish friends at work would make the best potato pancakes. Yum. Thanks for the informative post.

  10. I've heard the story of the Maccabees before. You know, I love Peter, Paul, and Mary songs. My favorite is Blowin' In The Wind. Are you familiar with it? The Hanukkah cookies look Yummy. Happy December days.


  11. I think I just deleted my comment...oops! I love all the traditions for each holiday. I've scaled back our Christmas decor now that the kids are grown, but Bill tends to bring out everything!!! He's just a kid at heart when it comes to holidays. xo

  12. Thanks for this lovely, uplifting post! May the light shine on forever. :)

  13. I loved being able to see all of your cute Hanukkah decor. These add such a fun touch to your holiday celebrations!

  14. Dripless Hanukkah candles ... a good idea.
    Happy Hanukkah.

    All the best Jan

  15. I love potato latkes, but rarely make them. I love the idea of air frying them. I can’t wait to try these.

  16. Everything looks so lovely, Judee.
    I'd love to try a latke—I've never had one before.
    The Hanukkah cookies look amazing. .😋

    Hugs and blessings

  17. What a beautiful set of plates!!....and those cookies are perfectly made!.....Abrazotes, Marcela

  18. Beautiful plates and cookies! I remember making latkes with my friend once and deep frying them was quite scary in a huge vat of oil, glad you found an air fryer version :)

  19. Your decorations are all charming but the dreidels are especially adorable! Potato latkes and jelly donuts all day long for me, hahaha! I wish you all the blessings of the season, Judee! xoxo

  20. Oh we have the same candles - although mine still drip! I must check out your recipe for oil free latkes - the air fryer is much more my style! I just watched the cutest Hallmark movie 'Hannukah on Rye' - it's really got me in the Hannukah mood! Also love, love, love your latkes plate :)

  21. Happy Hannukah Judee! We have the same Hanukkah candles. I will definitely have to check out the air fryer latkes because deep frying in oil is not my jam! I love your latke plate too. I just watched the Hallmark movie 'Hannukah on Rye' - it's very cute and really got me into the Hannukah mood!

  22. Happy Hannukah to your family. It's interesting hearing all about it.


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